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GPS Portland Phoenix
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Full nameGPS Portland Phoenix
Nickname(s)Phoenix
Founded2009; 9 years ago (2009)
Stadium Memorial Stadium
Portland, Maine
Capacity5,200
Head Coach Craig Fannan
League USL League Two
20182nd, Northeast Division
Playoffs: DNQ
Website Club website

GPS Portland Phoenix is an American soccer team based in Portland, Maine, United States. Founded in 2009, the team plays in USL League Two, the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in the Northeast Division of the Eastern Conference.

The team plays its home games at Memorial Stadium on the campus of Deering High School. The team's colors are sky blue, white and black.

History

The Phoenix acquired their PDL franchise rights from the now-defunct Cape Cod Crusaders, the PDL national champions in 2002 and 2003 who left the league at the end of the 2008 season. They are part of the larger Maine Premier Soccer ("MPS") organization, which was founded in 2009 as a sister company to Massachusetts Premier Soccer, with a mission to develop aspiring professional soccer players and coaches in Maine.

The team played its first official game on May 9, 2010, a 3-0 victory over the Westchester Flames. The first goal in franchise history was scored by Chris Banks. [1]

Global Premier Soccer rebranded the team GPS Portland Phoenix in 2012. [2]

Players

Current roster

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Matt Williams
2 United States GK Justin Saliba
3 Brazil DF Luisinho Pereira
4 United States DF Marshall Miller
5 United States DF Giovanny Vazquez
6 Scotland DF Graham Forsyth
7 United States DF Wyatt Omsberg
8 England DF David Styles
9 England DF Javen Palmer
10 Italy MF Alessandro Pappalardo
No. Position Player
11 Brazil MF Gui Leme
12 England MF Ben Havey
13 United States MF Kyle Shangraw
14 Brazil MF Pedro Neto
15 United States MF Matt Danilack
16 Jamaica MF Xahne Reid
17 Jamaica MF Khesanio Hall
18 United States MF Skyler Milne
19 United States MF Fletcher Ekern

Notable former players

This list of notable former players comprises players who went on to play professional soccer after playing for the team in the Premier Development League, or those who previously played professionally before joining the team.

Year-by-year

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
2010 4 USL PDL 2nd, Northeast Conference Semifinals Did not qualify
2011 4 USL PDL 1st, Northeast Divisional Playoff Did not qualify
2012 4 USL PDL 2nd, Northeast Divisional Playoff Did not qualify
2013 4 USL PDL 2nd, Northeast Divisional Playoff 2nd Round
2014 4 USL PDL 6th, Northeast Did not qualify 1st Round
2015 4 USL PDL 1st, Northeast Conference Semifinals Did not qualify
2016 4 USL PDL 1st, Northeast Divisional Playoff 1st Round
2017 4 USL PDL 5th, Northeast Did not qualify 1st Round
2018 4 USL PDL 2nd, Northeast Did not qualify Did not qualify

Honors

  • USL PDL Northeast Division Champions 2011
  • USL PDL Northeast Division Champions 2015
  • USL PDL Northeast Division Champions 2016

Head coaches

Stadia

Average attendance

Attendance stats are calculated by averaging each team's self-reported home attendances from the historical match archive. [3]

  • 2010: 426
  • 2011: 483
  • 2012: 550
  • 2013: 584
  • 2014: 525
  • 2015: 512

References

  1. ^ "United Soccer Leagues (USL)". Uslsoccer.com. Archived from the original on 2013-12-08. Retrieved 2013-12-03.
  2. ^ "GPS Portland Phoenix 2012". Global Premier Soccer. Retrieved 2013-12-03.
  3. ^ "United Soccer Leagues (USL)". Uslsoccer.com. Archived from the original on 2010-01-05. Retrieved 2013-12-03.

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